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April 24, 1967

Treatment of Psychiatric Outpatients

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Lexington, Ky

JAMA. 1967;200(4):352. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120170124047

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Behavior Therapy Techniques: A Guide to the Treatment of Neuroses, by Joseph Wolpe and Arnold A. Lazarus (Mental Health and Social Medicine Division, H. L. Freeman [ed.]), 198 pp, 30 shillings, cloth $5.50, flexi cover $3.50, New York and London: Pergamon Press, Inc., 1966.

The widening gap between the limited number of psychotherapists and the growing demands for treatment emphasizes the need for these two timely monographs which have in common one important feature: they offer new approaches to make psychotherapy more widely available and more effective.

The excellent slim volume by Koegler and Brill consists of two parts. In the first the authors present the results of their research, and in the second they demonstrate how to apply their techniques for the treatment of psychiatric outpatients.

The exploratory study, controlled and neatly designed, is impressive. Five matched groups of female outpatients, treated with conventional psychotherapy, meprobamate, prochlorperazine, phenobarbital, and